The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Saltwater Restaurants are teaming up for the football season at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

The Art of Tailgating is part of MKAF’s Dining For A Cause to raise awareness and funding for its community outreach programs serving K-12 students, special needs for adults and children, and a Warrior Arts initiative for the men and women of the military. Since 1995, MKAF outreach has served more than 304,000 people in Okaloosa and Walton counties

The event will feature food and beverage tasting from various Saltwater Restaurants competing for Best Tailgating Food. The participating restaurants include Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar, Black Pearl Island Grill, The Crab Trap, Floyd’s Shrimp House and Rockin’ Tacos.

“Our restaurants are ready to throw down their best tailgating dishes and host the ultimate beach tailgate, all for a great cause,” said Clint Rogers, director of operations for Saltwater Restaurants.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite sports colors with a chance to enter a sports-themed raffle to win gift baskets including tickets to collegiate and national football games, golf package, baseball and other sports-related items. Live entertainment will be music from Myke Van Ness.

Donations of sports memorabilia, game tickets or more are appreciated. Businesses and individual raffle donors will be recognized for their contribution at this community-wide fundraising event. Contact the MKAF office at 850-650-2226.

Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for MKAF members. Purchase tickets at or call 850-650-2226. All proceeds will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s mission in bringing cultural experiences and community outreach programs to children and families in Northwest Florida.